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Alas!!! A new term that I have never heard before. My son told me that he came home early from a party because his “social battery” was empty. I replied, “Your what was empty?”

He explained that his energy for socializing was drained and he just wanted to go home to some peace and quiet. When I heard this I was excited about this clever new term, so of course I had to google it.

The social battery is a metaphor to explain how much energy a person has for socializing. A small or short-lived social battery means that a person overall has less energy to socialize. They may find socializing tiring, stressful, or overly stimulating.

I can totally relate to that kind of term, because I think my social battery is more empty than it is filled. I guess people who like people and parties, social gatherings and chats probably have a bigger and fuller social battery. However, as all events drag on, everyone’s social battery drains as well.

Maybe some people are equipped with social batteries that are easy to fill and maintain. I’m sure they can talk, dance, socialize and interact all night long. Another name to describe this might be a “social butterfly”.

A social butterfly is a slang term for a someone who is socially dynamic, successful in networking, charismatic and personally gregarious.

I imagine that social butterflies have well-charged social batteries. Some people are naturally sociable and others are not very socialized.

And… it’s okay. Everyone is different and has different needs. You know, being social is just as important or good as being antisocial. It is a question of perspective.

I would describe myself as a “social-lite”. Not in the literal sense of the word worldly:

A socialite socialite is a person, usually a woman from a wealthy and possibly aristocratic background, who is prominent in high society. A socialite usually spends a lot of time attending various fashionable social gatherings, instead of having a traditional job.

As a true social-lite, I like to socialize and sometimes I’d rather not. I prefer just enough socialization to balance going out and staying in need. I wonder if I have a smaller social battery than most people.

Does battery size matter in this case? Could we all measure our social batteries at AAA, AA, C, D, 9 volt or car sizes? Just a silly thought.

How would you measure your social battery life? Do you have a large battery that needs to be constantly topped up? Do you have a small social battery that drains quite quickly? Do you enjoy large social events or smaller, more intimate gatherings?

Although I’m not a measurement person, I now think about the size of my social battery in reference to how much I enjoy socializing. I guess that’s something to ponder or charge.

Going back to me being a social-lite… I kinda like to refer to myself in this context. It’s fun and totally appropriate. Lite as in a bit of something or containing less.

I’m so excited to be a social-lite; I defined the word on www.urbandictionary.com

Here is the link to my newly created word ‘social-lite’.

In summary, you can consider yourself a social butterfly or a social-lite. Perhaps measuring your social battery is a good way to gauge your energy for socializing. And… learning new terms and applying them is also fun. In fact, creating new words is a blast for a “logophile” like me.

Logophile: Lover of words.

— By Suzanne Reisler Litwin

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